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FanDuel MLB Plays: Sunday

by Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:05 pm ET

We have our typical big Sunday slate, and it sets up for a ton of options for out FanDuel contests. We have two aces in Corey Kluber and Jon Lester, as well as plenty of value pitching options, and there are some offenses in great spots, so it should be a great day of baseball. 



Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs, $10,500 - On a site like FanDuel where the win is valued heavily, I like to start my research by looking for an ace that is a heavy favorite. Today, that guy is Jon Lester, so that is where I’ll be looking for tournaments. The Cubs’ offense should have plenty of success and Lester will have the platoon advantage over two of the Rockies’ best bats in Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon. I also really like Corey Kluber and would not hesitate to use him in tournaments, but I’m giving Lester the edge in cash games due to the win security.


Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks, $7,100 - The Padres finally started to hit a little bit yesterday and Corbin doesn’t carry huge name recognition, so his ownership may not be all that high today. I prefer to target the Padres with righties, but Corbin was really good last year posting a 3.27 xFIP, which trails on Lester and Kluber on this slate. The Padres have one of the lowest team totals on the slate at just 3.2 runs and he really allows you to get the big bats in.


Also Consider - Corey Kluber, Michael Wacha, Juan Nicasio, Matt Moore



Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers, $2,700 - Sunday is a day that many catchers get off for rest, so some value could emerge due to lineup construction. However, we’ll have to wait to see how lineups unfold before determining that. Martinez should be in his typical cleanup spot as the Tigers’ DH and offers catcher eligibility. He’s very affordable at $2,700 and offers exposure to a very potent Tigers lineup.



First Base

Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs, $4,100 - Rizzo posted a .404 wOBA against right-handed pitchers in his home ballpark last year, and will be facing a hittable pitcher in Tyler Chatwood at Wrigley today. The Cubs lineup is one of the most potent in all of baseball and as mentioned below with Ben Zobrist, Chatwood has had his struggles with lefties.


David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, $4,200 - Ortiz is always one of my favorite hitters to target when he’s at home and facing a righty. He’s in that situation today and facing a young right-hander in Aaron Sanchez that has struggled with lefty bats. Sanchez had allowed a .344 wOBA to lefties in his career and Ortiz is four for seven with a homerun against him in their career.


Also Consider - Paul Goldschmidt, Brandon Moss, Edwin Encarnacion



Second Base

Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs, $3,000 - Zobrist doesn’t wow you, but he’s very affordable and hitting high in a Cubs lineup that should put plenty of runs on the board today against Tyler Chatwood, who has struggled against lefties in his MLB career allowing a .351 wOBA to lefties.


Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins, $3,800 - Gordon doesn’t offer any power upside, but he’s always a fun guy to target due to his stolen base upside. Jhoulys Chacin is coming off of a quality start, but he’s been very hittable over the course of his career, and Gordon is certainly in play once again today. 

Also Consider- Jose Altuve, Brian Dozier, Roughned Odor



Third Base

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals, $4,300 - The Cardinals are one of the better offenses to target today as they are locked in at the plate and facing a very unproven pitcher in Jon Moscot. Moscot really struggled when he was called up the majors last year and posted a 5.54 xFIP. Along with the rest of the Cardinals offense, Carpenter has been rolling and is a great target hitting at the top of the Cardinals lineup. 

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,900 - I was originally looking to target Carpenter and Beltre here, but with the Texas game postponed, I’ll pivot to Longoria. Jose Quintana is a solid pitcher, but Longoria is a guy that crushed left-handed pitching and is very affordable. He holds a career .384 wOBA against lefties and has three hits in five at bats against Quintana. 



Carlos Correa, Houston Astros, $4,300 - The Astros offense has been very cold, but they are going to bust out at some point soon. Correa always offers by far the most upside at a weak shortstop position as he brings stolen base and homerun upside. Anibal Sanchez is a solid pitcher, but he has really struggled with the homerun ball and posted reverse splits last year allowing a .368 wOBA to righties. 

Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers, $3,300 - Jeff Samardzija is another pitcher like Sanchez in that he has solid stuff and name recognition, but struggled last year. He allowed a .357 wOBA to lefties last year, and Seager is a talented young left-handed bat hitting near the top of the Dodgers potent lineup.



Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays, $4,300 - If you’re saving at pitcher then Bautista provides big homerun upside today. He’s facing a knuckle baller in Steven Wright, and if the knuckle isn’t dancing then the Jays could really tee off. Wright is a fly ball pitcher and 35 of Bautista’s 40 homeruns came off of right-handed pitching last year.


George Springer, Houston Astros, $3,300 - Springer finally came through with a big night yesterday, and I’m hoping that jump starts him against Anibal. As mentioned with Correa, Anibal really struggled with righties and the homerun ball last year, so the Astros power righties have nice upside today with a short porch in right field.


Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,300 - I’m looking to pick on Jon Moscot today and the Cardinals bats are locked in. Grichuk is hitting cleanup and has been rolling over his past six games. Despite his recent outburst, he’s still very affordable and makes for a great option along with his teammate Stephen Piscotty, who is batting 2nd.


Also Consider - Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Stephen Piscotty

Andy “A25Smith” Smith
Andy has been playing fantasy sports for 15 years started playing Daily Fantasy Sports in 2012 with a $150 bankroll and is now ranked in the top 50 of the RotoGrinders leaderboard, including the top 15 in CFB and top 25 in NBA, under the name A25Smith. You can follow him on Twitter @SouthwesternAg.